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This rules summary is provided to the referees as a service. These are not the official rules of the competition. NO warranty is made that this summary is up to date.

Last Updated 8/24/17

National Premier League

Match Cards

Both teams are to provide a pre-printed roster to the Referee. Absolutely no write-ins accepted. Home team provides a Match card which is filled out and signed by the Referee and by a representative from each team and returned to the home team.


  • Players. No US Club pass - no play - no exceptions.
  • Names must be printed by computer on the match card. No exceptions.
  • No more than 18 players dressed for each game.
  • Passes must have picture and be laminated.


A maximum of 3 non-playing personnel with US Clulb passes are allowed in the technical area.

Send offs

Do not confiscate the pass. Leave the pass with the team. Within 24 hours go to> and fill out a send off report.

Ball Size

U12 and up Size 5


40 minute halves

45 minute halves


At the discretion of the Referee. EITHER team may substitute at any stoppage.

In U14 - and older

for Field Players, substitutions are permitted as follows:
... First Half -- No Re-Entry
... Second Half -- 1 Re-Entry Only

for GK
... There will be 1 re-entry per half for an injured GK

EVEN IF BOTH COACHES request to waive the substitution rules -DO NOT. These teams are being held to a higher standard.

A substitution to remove a player suspected to have a head injury shall not count against the re-entry rules in the NPL. Thus the player entering the game for the injured player may enter without it counting towards his/her re-entry count, and the player that has been removed may re-enter the game (if cleared by a healthcare professional) for the original substitute.

Concussion / Health Care Professional

A player with a suspected concussion will leave the match and cannot return unless cleared by a health care professional. The health care professional must be presented to the referee BEFORE the match.

Orthopedic Supports

Knee and ankle braces okay - hard parts padded.
Hard arm/wrist splints may be allowed - if no danger.
Soft cast okay - if no danger.
Hard casts that cover the entire circumference of the arm/wrist are NOT permitted (even if padded).

Game Day

Home Team to provide benches and easy up covers for both teams.
Home Team to provide water for both teams and referee crew.
Referees to conduct an "International Walk Out" 5 minutes prior to the match.

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